1. Cockroaches

    Seeing cockroaches in your Austin house can be a dramatic experience for many people! But there are some facts to know about them that can make cockroach season more bearable. Roaches are Bad. This One Is Really Bad! The German roach is the type that can breed quickly and lives inside, so the "where there's one, there's thousands" ad campaign from years ago applies here. The good news is that you …Read More

  2. How To Treat Small Ants

    Small ants in the kitchen are a common scene when the weather warms up in Austin. These are most often "sugar ants" or little black ants that can be found on countertops, heading towards a sink for water or for small crumbs or sweets left on counters or in pantries. Tip: Clean up any spills and bag up any sweets like honey before treating yourself or even having professional pest control done. It …Read More

  3. Don’t Spray The Bugs!

    A pest control company saying NOT to spray bugs? Yes! Here's why: most consumer products for bugs are designed for an "instant kill." It looks like the problem is solved with pests instantly killed so it's very satisfying for a customer. Blast some on a gross moving bug and the bug is no longer moving (although probably still gross). But looks can be deceiving. In a few cases this isn't a problem.…Read More

  4. Scorpions

    Scorpions typically stay outside where they hunt for insects and food, but they can get riled up by the weather or predators and head indoors for protection. If it's simply too cold, too hot or even raining a lot they may look for a better place to lay low. Unfortunately, that better place can be your house. Even more unfortunately, they can really lay low — meaning for months at a time they wil…Read More

  5. Household Ants

    Are tiny ants, or maybe big ants, invading your home? It may seem like they're everywhere but you can get rid of them and we're here to help! Successfully treating household ants really depends on properly identifying the type of ant. We can usually help you confirm the type of ant intruder with a simple phone call to our office, or if it's a trickier type — and you're able to take a picture of …Read More

  6. American Cockroaches

    America is big and bold and our namesake cockroaches are too. Okay, maybe they're not the biggest in the world (no thanks, South America, you and your 3.5 inch long "Megaloblatta" roaches can stay there ... FOREVER), but for most people any cockroach they see in their home is "big enough" to motivate them into action. That's where we come in. Our general pest control service is our most popular pe…Read More

  7. When and Where to Use Diatomaceous Earth

    Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a great pest control product that, when applied properly, can help eliminate everything from roaches to ants to fleas. But don't use it inside! Simply put, DE is a mess to clean up and overapplying it is all too easy. If you've put it inside, and used too much, don't reach for the vacuum! DE can destroy a filtered vacuum very quickly. Although seeming "light" …Read More

  8. Termite Season in Austin

    Insects become more active when the weather warms up and termites are no exception. These structural menaces cause up to $5 billion in yearly home damage in the U.S. alone. How to Identify a Termite Termites can sometimes be confused with winged ants during swarming season in the spring. As shown in this Texas A&M Agrilife Extension image, a termite has a uniform waist vs. the pinched waist of…Read More

  9. Carpenter Ants in Austin

    With temperatures rising, ants are becoming more active. One of the most common types of ants we hear about this time of year are carpenter ants. Another is acrobat ants. Both are wood boring ants who can climb onto structures and burrow into older, water softened wood. We'll focus on carpenter ants here. The first thing to know is that carpenter ants, unlike termites, do not eat wood. So having t…Read More

  10. What Kind of Spiders Are In Austin?

    Spiders can be controversial. Ask around and you'll have people who love spiders and protect them and those that just want to make them go squish. And don't get us started on the fact that spiders aren't classified as "bugs" or insects. They're arachnids! They are in the same class as scorpions and ticks. But we'll save the life science study for another time. So whether you see them as blessing o…Read More